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My evening at Leiths Cookery School - Thanks to Asda

Sunday, 1 April 2012
I shop regularly at Asda, mostly due to our household budget being really tight, they have an enormous range of products and you can always pick up a bargain or two.  Recently I discovered the Asda Extra Special range of products, and it's fab!  Asda has formed a partnership with Leiths Cookery School so that all Asda Extra Special products will eventually be approved by Leiths. This means that customers can be assured the products are of high quality and will taste delicious.   I've used many of the Asda Extra Special products and all have been great quality for a great price, I've been really impressed by them. 

The lovely folks from Asda hosted a whole load of bloggers, including me, for an evening of cooking and merriment at Leiths Cookery School in London.  It was a brilliant evening!  We cooked a 3 course meal and then devoured it with gusto. LOL  We used as many Asda Extra Special ingredients as possible when preparing the menu and OMGness the meal was delicious!  Unfortunately, I was a bad foodie blogger.  Because I was so excited and busy cooking up a storm I didn't take any photos of what we were up to.  D'OH!! Most of the other bloggers in attendance did take fabulous photos though, so do check out blog posts at Maison Cupcake, Food for Think and English Mum among others for the lowdown on our culinary efforts. 

I was rather gobsmacked to learn that Asda stocks samphire.  I can't wait to see what other slightly unusual gourmet ingredients they have instore.  Samphire was part of our delicious starter which was Asparagus and Samphire with parmesan and a poached egg.  We also made delicious Soda Bread to accompany the starter.

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Our main course was Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Citrus Greens, crushed New Potatoes with chive and roasted Vine Tomatoes.

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Our dessert was Strawberry and Mascapone Tarts with light and butterly pastry, creamy rich mascapone and gorgeous fresh strawberries. 

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We also made some delicious Chocolate Cupcakes to take home.

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All of the recipes that we cooked from are in the latest edition of Asda Magazine, available instore or online.

A HUGE thank you to Vickie at Asda (who shares my love of great tasting cheese), Leiths Cookery School (for their outstanding hospitality) and Lucie at Freud (event organiser extraordinaire and maker of superb coffee) for a fabulous evening!


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